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10th - 11th September
Windmill End, Netherton, Dudley


The Black Country Boating Festival combines a gathering of boats with a community festival. There are many aspects of the event that need coordinating before, during and after the actual weekend.

Waterspace Management - The Harbour Master and his team need to juggle trade boats, historic displays, boats with crews that have special needs and last minute visitors. Planning of the moorings begins in July, however the hard work starts on the Wednesday before the festival when the boats start to arrive.

Trade and Chairity Stalls, Concessions and Caravans - Like the Harbour Master, the Trade Manager and his team start to plan the landside of the event as the bookings arrive and are on-site from Tuesday marking out and fine tuning.

Entertainment and Attractions - Selecting and booking the various entertainments for the event starts early in the year. During the weekend the team ensure all is happening when and where it should.

Bar and Catering - The Bar Manager and Catering Staff start working on site from the Wednesday having
already chosen and ordered stocks for the event. But, as we all know, the real work is keeping 12,000 plus visitors and volunteers fed and watered throughout the festival.

Publicity and Sponsorship - Without visitors there would not be a festival. The publicity and sponsorship team work all year round promoting the event and seeking sponsors to help out with the ever increasing costs.

Health and Safety, Site Services - Looking after the red-tape of permissions, insurance and safety inspections, the team have to provide everything from temporary roads and toilets to litter picking and lights, not forgetting signs and skips, marquees and muscle!
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